(KFVS) - Should the law be changed to allow regulated sports betting?
According to new research released Wednesday by the American Gaming Association, many people would say yes.
A study showed 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change the sports betting law, and 66 percent think states should decide whether to legalize sports betting.
Furthermore, 47 million Super Bowl viewers have bet on the Big Game.
According to this research, viewers say regulated sports betting would:
- Protect the integrity of the games: 65 percent of Super Bowl viewers believe transparent, regulated wagering would strengthen the integrity of the games or impact on the game outcome.
- Benefit communities: 68 percent of viewers say legal, regulated sports betting would generate tax funds for local programs like education and public safety.
- Increase engagement: 67 percent of viewers say they're more likely to watch a game if they bet on it.
The American Gaming Association says these numbers suggest that fans believe regulated sports betting would enhance the game experience.
This year alone, fans are expected to wager $4.2 billion on the Super Bowl. However, the gaming association says most of these bets will be placed illegally.
Current federal law only allows traditional, full-fledged sports betting in Nevada.
The AGA reports During the 2015-16 season, estimates show fans wagered a total of $95 billion on NFL and college football games, with $93 billion of that placed illegally.
This research was conducted by The Mellman Group. The survey consisted of 800 completed interviews between Jan. 25 and 28. The sample was made up of male and female adults, all 18 years of age or older.